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Oh, hi, remember me? I used to blog here. Then life happened, and I had to take an unexpected hiatus from blog life. I don’t think I’ve ever disappeared for that long, but honestly, it had to happen.
I might as well tell you now what’s been going on. We’ve been moving. Early in May, I thought we should look into selling the condo. The condo market has finally rebounded in Seattle (unlike the housing market, which has been booming for awhile, and now with the housing shortage, there’s a market for smaller properties again.) We interviewed several real estate agents, hired one, and moved forward. There were a lot of things that went wrong. Epically wrong. Hence why I had to give up blogging (mostly) for about two weeks. I had posts planned, but when your house looks like a construction zone, it’s kind of hard to take photos or get any work done.
Anyway, I won’t bore you too much with details here because the point of today’s post is to be fun. With this week marking the first week of summer, I thought it was the perfect time to recap some of my favorite spring discoveries, and what I received in my beauty boxes the last month and a half or so. Plus, I collected some goodies from my arsenal to share with you, so be sure to enter that giveaway below!
End of Spring Digs
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Marigold ($25)
This was one of two lip colors I packed on my Vegas trip, and I absolutely fell in love with this pretty red-orange color. It’s so summery and fun, and the formula is creamy and leaves my lips feeling comfortable and hydrating. It’s not particularly long-wearing. However, I didn’t have to reapply it that often and fortunately it’s not they type to end up on my teeth either.
Viktor + Rolf Flowerbomb Precious Oil ($79)
I mentioned this new product on my Instagram earlier this month, and it has been my go-to scent this month. It smells divine, and the layering the Precious Oil with the original Flowerbomb fragrance makes it last all day. Bonus points for making the fragrance even stronger on my skin, because who doesn’t want to smell even better?!
Paula’s Choice Oil Booster ($35; save $10 off your first purchase with my referral link!)
The Oil Booster from Paula’s Choice was a life saver in my spring skincare routine. My skin felt awfully dry going into spring and it didn’t let up. With the oil booster, it was easy to mix it into any lotion or cream as well as my foundation for extra hydration. Depending on how dry your skin is, you can add as few or as many drops of oil as you need. This has been a long time favorite product for me, but even more so the last couple of months.
Milani Amore Mattallics Lip Creme ($8.99)
Even though I mentioned another lip color already, I couldn’t share my beauty favorites without including these! The Milani Amore Metallic Lip Creams are the bomb. Seriously. I only wish they were easier to find at the drugstore here! I found mine at Fred Meyer, however sadly they were sold out of a few shades. I’m still on a quest to find it in the lightest shade, Chromattic Addict. I find them to be less drying than the regular Amore Lip Cremes, and the metallic sparkle makes for a fun topper or all over color depending on how you’re feeling that day.
Adia Kibur Stella Tassel Earrings ($25)
I purchased these at the end of last month and recently wore them to a couple of events and received several compliments. The pop of cream beneath my darker hair is fun, and I find they go with just about everything for summer. The tassel is a little bit preppy, but the stone and antiqued gold trimmings make them feel a little bohemian to me too which I love. Plus at $25, I feel like they’re not too much of a splurge, but they’re higher quality than something you’d find at a cheap mall store.
Colleen Rothschild Cleansing Balm ($65)
A new discovery this month was the Colleen Rothschild Cleansing Balm. If you have drier skin, you may find that cleansing your face leaves it super tight and uncomfortable. Not so with this Cleansing Balm, a solid oil that turns to liquid when warmed in your hand. I rub this all over my face and eyes to remove makeup quickly and easily, then use a warmed muslin cloth provided for a mini spa experience and to remove all traces of makeup. Thanks to Colleen Rothschild for sending this my way! If you’re interested in trying it too, they’ve provided an exclusive coupon code RIGBY20, good for seven days from the date of posting! (So expires next Friday, July 1st, 2016. Not an affiliate code.)
Target Summer Clothing Collection ($20-25)
You guys, Target is killing it in the spring and summer clothing department. My friend Grace was wearing the cutest off the shoulder top at an event recently, so it inspired me to pop into the women’s department on my most recent Target run. I found the cutest cold shoulder crochet cream dress (wearing it in the video below!), pom pom crop top, and lightweight denim culottes. Kind of obsessed with all of it, and if I didn’t have self-control I would have purchased many, many other items.
Hair Recipes Egg & Cognac Shampoo and Conditioner ($15 each)
After using up the rest of my L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo & Conditioner last month, I was on the hunt for something new for my hair. This arrived at my PO Box around that time, and I was so excited to try it. Eggs & cognac? For my hair? Color me intrigued!
If you’ve always wanted shiny hair but haven’t been able to achieve it (even with products that claim to make your hair shiny) like me, then I’d recommend giving this collection from the Natural Hair Care line a try. It claims to give shine to dull, tired hair and I’d say it works. With that said, I do find that it feels like it’s really cleansing your hair which means using it every few days versus daily would probably be recommended, and using it in conjunction with a product like their Macadamia Oil to add nutrition and hydration back to your strands is key.
Catrice Light Reflecting Concealer ($5.99)
My friend Sarah got married last weekend, and this concealer from Catrice saved the day. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but when you wear heavy makeup for a few hours, sometimes things slip and slide around under the eye area, and I had to do a few touch ups on the bridal party with this concealer. It is so lightweight and the color works on a variety of skin tones Set with a powder, I noticed that this doesn’t budge and gives enough coverage without looking cakey or heavy. The color is sheer enough to work on a variety of skin tones as well (I have the lightest shade, but it works on those with light to medium skin tones too.)
Inglot Shadow Quad ($7-9 each)
When I visited Vegas in May, I made it my mission to seek out the Inglot store. While we have Inglot in Macy’s, we don’t have a standalone store, and I’ve always been curious. I decided to make a custom quad while I was there and I’m so in love with it. It’s my perfect everyday palette, and I’ve been using it a ton for that reason! I find the colors are nice and pigmented, and stay throughout most of the day even without primer. Plus, the shadows are about $7 for a pretty sizeable pan, so they’re affordable too! I picked out shades 421, a deep shimmery brown, 368, a matte peach, 30, a shimmery champagne gold, and 102, a rainbow shadow with three shades of rust.
End of Spring Duds
Lush Rub Body Scrub
Not the worst product in the world, but I have to say, this one was a bit disappointing. I think very highly of Lush products, and this felt rather slimy and didn’t exfoliate as I expected. Also wasn’t a huge fan of the scent, so this will definitely not be purchased in the future. If you’re on the hunt for a good body scrub, may I recommend this Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Scrub or this mango scented one by Tree Hut? Both give the best scrub down ever.
As mentioned above, we moved! We’re in a rental for the time being until 1. our condo sells, and 2. we find a house we like and can get an offer accepted on. Let me just say; it’s no joke preparing a condo for sale in the summer. We found it impossible to hire anyone to do any work on it, so we ended up scrambling and doing it ourselves. (Well, Dave and his dad, but you know, I was moral support, the house cleaner, and painter extraordinaire. Good times.)
Buying Concert Tickets
Does anyone actually enjoy buying concert tickets?! Ugh, I’ve had the worst luck recently on three different large concerts recently. I give up. Seriously. If you have the secret to buying concert tickets, send help.
Spring Beauty Boxes
It wouldn’t be a monthly recap without a subscription box reveal, now would it? This month I’m unboxing Sephora’s new subscription box PLAY, Boxycharm, Julep Maven, Amazon’s beauty sample box (which I think was a one time deal, but who knows), Glossybox, and the Zoe Report Box of Style for Summer 2016! Let me know in the comments down below which subscription box you’d most like to try, and I’ll do a giveaway for one next time!
End of Spring Beauty Giveaway
I have a few extras from my subscription boxes, an Elizabeth Arden Lipstick, and some more surprise goodies and I want to share them with you! If this sounds like something you’d like, enter below. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 pm PST and is open to the US only due to shipping restrictions.
What spring discoveries did you make? Any favorites I should check out? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments!
So that’s where you’ve been! Lol. I’m glad your back, I definitely missed your posts :)
I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the condo sells quickly. The whole process sounds exhausting!
My husband and I are renters right now and we are definitely not looking forward to the headache of finding and buying a house.
Hope everything else is well!
Aw, thank you Niki! Still trying to get back in the swing of things, hence the super late reply. I’m hoping things will be back to normal soon, but I never expected how much work would go into all the selling, moving, and getting reorganized into a newer (and much smaller) place!
I love the Ari by Ariana Grande perfume :)
Thanks for entering, Edye! :)
Found some great stuff in the spring fabletics sale
Ooh, I’ll have to check out Fabletics! Thanks for entering, Tara!
I am really loving the Fresh line of products (thanks to you!). Also – I have been horrible about blogging lately – having too much fun :) I need to buckle down and bust out some posts!
You had a lot of good products! You lucked out this spring! I purchased a beautiful lip tint from Saints & Sinners for a wedding. It didn’t photograph well, though, so I was super sad.
I found so many good spring buys, to my wallet’s dismay, but Sephora was probably happy–the Josie Maran SPF lotion and Josie Maran cleansing oil. The cleansing balm sounds really nice. My face feels much better when I remove my makeup. I’ve even stopped using face wipes except when I’m really tired! I even picked up my first few sheet masks for my face and love those, too!
My biggest disappointment was the Revlon Ultra HD Matte colors. I picked up two and neither dried. I thought that they would be long lasting, but since they stayed wet, they rubbed off. They look like Hourglass’s long lasting stuff, so I had high expectations.
My favorite find was a cute pair of coral espadrilles from J Crew.
My favorite find is the Tory Burch sandals on sale (:
Honestly, all I bought was baby stuff! Which I love, but I need to treat myself this summer!
That’s an elegant-looking lipstick for sure..
gah i feel you on the concert tickets. i tried to get adele tickets but no dice. luckily a friend snagged paul mccartney which i can’t wait to see! bucket list type of thing for me is being part of a hey jude singalong en masse.
I hear you on life feeling extra crazy lately! Love that you included the Target clothes here – hehe, they have been killing it lately! I think I need to go back soon and peruse…
Hope to see you around soon, Jenn! <3
My favorite spring find was the Lancome Juicy Shakers. They are marvelous.
Found a great pr of shoes for $2 at a yard sale =- tags still on the.
Thanks for sharing all of your spring discoveries. I love how precise you are in your reviews yet with personal notes as well. It just gives me more of a feel about the product which i appreciate so much. I will be trying some of these for sure. Just wish I had your dry skin instead of my extreme opposite type oily oily. My favorite spring find are sandles I picked up at old navy, my first shoe purchase from there ever and I’m wearing them all the time.
What I seem to wearing the most in my wardrobe is denim denim and more denim, but not jeans. In hot and humid Mississippi delta jeans are too hot but I am always reaching for my denim tank, denim sleeveless button downs and of course denim shorts and skirts. They just go with everything in my casual style.
I found the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer this spring and I really like it!
Hi Jenn How are You? Doing Well I Hope! I’m Super Excited About this Awesome Giveaway, There are So Many Wonderful Products that I Would Love to Try & That I Probably Also Need to Try! I Love Spring Time for One Particular Reason and that’s that I Love All of the Pretty Pastel Spring Colors! I’m More of a Colorful Person than a Neutral Person as Far as Makeup & Clothes are Concerned! I Know that Nudes & Neutrals are Huge and Actually I’m Probably in the Lower Percentage that Prefers Bright, Fun Colors! I Love 2 Things More than Anything When it Comes to Cosmetic or Beauty Products and That’s Eye Shadow & Nail Polish; Those are the First Things I Look for When I Go Shopping! I Love to Play & Experiment with Color but I Have Always had a Flare for the Arts, Especially When it Comes to Makeup! I Also Love Shimmer or Metallics When it Comes to Eye Shadow & Nail Polish and I Think Doing Your Eye Shadow or Painting Your Nails is the Perfect Way to Express Yourself or Your Style & Mood! So My Favorite Thing this Spring has Been the Amazing New Eye Shadow Palettes Like the Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette from Urban Decay or the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette and So Many More, Too Many to Count! I’m Just So Excited About this Fantastic Giveaway; I Followed You on Facebook & Twitter and I’m So Glad that I Did or Else I Wouldn’t Have Found Out About this Fabulous Chance! Thanks Again Jenn & I Hope You Have a Blessed Day and a Happy 4th of July! Thanks, Jana
I found some great Essie polish colors that I love.
I got some of the spring OPI nail polishes that I adore.
the new makeup products —ESPECIALLY NEW EYESHADOEW PALETE
I subscribed to your Youtube channel but entered the wrong username in the Rafflecopter. Right name: Maren McConnell
I love the softer color and boho clothing!
I found some great sunscreens and hair lightener from Z Skin Cosmetics .
The one thing I haven’t mastered is eyeliner. I do not wear make up everyday anymore since I stay at home and not applying it everyday has made a big difference in the negative way.
Feel you on the concert tickets!! My favorite spring find was the Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay eye pallet!
I found some beautiful rose bushes this year